A District Type 3 Incident Management Team, led by Incident Commander Woody Wright took command of the fire today. Resources on scene include 35 fire fighters and a type 2 hand crew. Aerial resources are being used as they come available. Fire officials are recommending that people avoid using Forest Service Road 2036 due to increased firefighting traffic. The safety of the public and firefighters is very important.
The National Fire Preparedness Level is at 5, the highest possible. The preparedness level ranges from one, indicating minimal activity, to five, which signals very high activity. It assesses the degree of wildfire activity, the current commitment of fire resources, and the probability of continued severe conditions. A red flag warning with strong, gusty winds and low humidity is in effect through Friday evening.
Fire officials want to remind everyone that the current fire danger rating remains at EXTREME and Public Use Restrictions involving campfires and chainsaw use are in effect on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. Regulated closures are in effect on State and private lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) in northeast and central Oregon.
For more information about the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest’s Public Use Restrictions, please contact any forest office or visit our website at www.fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman/. Additional Fire information can be found atwww.bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com